Chest-Compression-Only CPR Video
From The University of Arizona, Sarver Heart Center
This Sarver Heart Center's video makes it easy to learn Continuous Chest Compression CPR. Every three days, more Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest than the number who died in the 9-11 attacks. You can lessen this recurring loss by learning this hands-only CPR method that doubles a person's chance of surviving cardiac arrest.
Watch physician researchers Gordon A. Ewy, MD, and Karl Kern, MD, demonstrate the easy, life-saving method that they developed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Chest-Compression-Only CPR (CCO-CPR)
Data from the first intentional effort to encourage and endorse CO-CPR by lay individuals showed that survival rates for patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are better when bystanders do CO-CPR, compared with CPR that calls for chest compressions interrupted by mouth-to-mouth “rescue breaths.” Sarver Heart Center’s Resuscitation Research Group published this Arizona data in the Oct. 6, 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which validated the group’s decades of research and advocacy.
The study’s major findings include:
The most important findings of this analysis are the differences in survival rates of individuals who had the greatest chance of surviving—those whose collapse was witnessed and who had a heart rhythm that could be restored by a defibrillator shock. In these patients, 18 percent survived when conventional CPR was performed and 34 percent survived when chest-compressiononly CPR was performed. In addition:
“In 2004, fire departments, EMS ambulance companies and hospitals across Arizona all made an enormous collective efforts to teach chest-compression-only CPR to their communities for free. This has resulted in hundreds of lives saved in Arizona,” says Bentley J. Bobrow, MD, lead author and medical director of emergency medical services at the Arizona Department of Health Services and member of the Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group.
“This statewide chest-compression-only CPR effort was an integral part of the overall efforts to improve survival of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest that also included new recommendations for paramedics and hospitals,” says Karl B. Kern, MD, co-author, chief of cardiology at the UA College of Medicine and chair of the Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group.
“The importance of this study as well as our other studies cannot be overstated. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest claims the lives of an estimated 300,000 Americans each year. If chest-compression-only CPR and other protocols of cardiocerebral resuscitation were implemented nationally, an estimated 11,000 lives could be saved each year in the United States alone,” says Gordon A. Ewy, MD, Director of the Sarver Heart Center. ♥